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FPL fans take note: Dean Smith questions Ollie Watkins’ availability for Aston Villa vs Watford & provides Emi Buendia update

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FPL fans take note: Dean Smith questions Ollie Watkins’ availability for Aston Villa vs Watford & provides Emi Buendia update

Watford vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa are set to get their 2021/22 Premier League campaign underway on Saturday, August 14th.

After avoiding relegation the season prior, Dean Smith’s side were able to finish 11th in the 2020/21 campaign, a result they are no doubt eager to improve on this time around.

And whilst they may have lost their talisman in Jack Grealish, Villa have spent well this summer – signing up Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings to help fill the void.

Villa’s first game of the 2021/22 season will see them pitted against one of the newly promoted outfits.

Watford had a superb 2020/21 in the Championship, finishing the campaign with the best defensive record in the league. And the Hornets are now no doubt set to prove a stern test for Villa this weekend.

Dean Smith on Ollie Watkins & Emi Buendia

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Dean Smith would hold his first pre-match press conference of the new season.

When doing so, Smith discussed a number of topics, including Ollie Watkins.

The striker picked up a knock in a pre-season game recently. And despite suggestions earlier in the week that Watkins would be able to shake it off before facing Watford, Smith’s comments on Friday suggest Watkins is a doubt for the game:

“We are not too sure about Ollie at the moment, if he’s pain-free today then he will train, if not then he won’t be involved tomorrow.”

On a more positive note, Smith confirmed that Buendia, who missed Villa’s last pre-season game, is available for Saturday:

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